A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

Reformed. Christianity. Evangelism. Modern Culture.

Shy As Charles H. Spurgeon.

1834 – 1892

Adapted From Interesting Facts About Spurgeon’s Ministry And Life.

One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought.

Testing the acoustics in the vast Agricultural Hall, Spurgeon shouted, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” A worker high in the rafters of the building heard this and became converted to Christ as a result.

Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times.

Spurgeon typically read 6 books per week and could remember what he had read—and where—even years later.

Spurgeon’s mother had 17 children, nine of whom died in infancy.

Before he was 20, Spurgeon had preached over 600 times.

“No man ever made himself to live. No preacher, however earnest, can make one hearer to live. No parent, however prayerful, no teacher, however tearful, can make a child live unto God. “You hath HE quickened,” is true of all who are quickened.”-C.H. Spurgeon

During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people.

Spurgeon spent 20 years studying the Book of Psalms and writing his commentary on them, The Treasury of David.

Spurgeon drew to his services Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone, members of the royal family, Members of Parliament, as well as author John Ruskin, Florence Nightingale, and General James Garfield, later president of the United States.

Spurgeon once addressed an audience of 23,654—without a microphone or any mechanical amplification.

Spurgeon began a pastors’ college that trained nearly 900 students during his lifetime-and it continues today.

Heresies in the Christian church come never from the city missionary, never from the
faithful pastor, never from the intense evangelist; but always from gentlemen at
ease, who take no actual part in our holy war. -C.H. Spurgeon

In 1865, Spurgeon’s sermons sold 25,000 copies every week. They were translated into more than 20 languages.

Spurgeon once said he counted 8 sets of thoughts that passed through his mind at the same time while he was preaching.

Susannah Thompson, Spurgeon’s wife, became an invalid at age 33 and could seldom attend her husband’s services after that.

Spurgeon insisted that his congregation’s new building, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, employ Greek architecture because the New Testament was written in Greek. This one decision has greatly influenced subsequent church architecture throughout the world.

The theme for Spurgeon’s Sunday morning sermon was usually not chosen until Saturday night.

For an average sermon, Spurgeon took no more than one page of notes into the pulpit, yet he spoke at a rate of 140 words per minute for 40 minutes.

By accepting some of his many invitations to speak, Spurgeon often preached 10 times in a week.

Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day. Famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone once asked him, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?” Spurgeon replied, “You have forgotten that there are two of us.”

Spurgeon missed being admitted to college because a servant girl inadvertently showed him into a different room than that of the principal who was waiting to interview him. (Later, he determined not to reapply for admission when he believed God spoke to him, “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not!”)

Occasionally Spurgeon asked members of his congregation not to attend the next Sunday’s service, so that newcomers might find a seat. During one 1879 service, the regular congregation justify so that newcomers waiting outside might get in; the building immediately filled again.

The New Park Street Pulpit and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit—the collected sermons of Spurgeon during his ministry with that congregation—fill 63 volumes. The sermons’ 20-25 million words are equivalent to the 27 volumes of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The series stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” – C.H. Spurgeon.

What’s your favourite Spurgeon Quote?

One response to “Shy As Charles H. Spurgeon.

  1. Kathy March 24, 2010 at 02:28

    My favorite Spurgeon quote: “The holier a man becomes, the more he mourns the unholiness that remains in him.”

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